Sep 242013

Since last night I have driven through Denver, Cheyenne, Torrington, Scottsbluff, Alliance, and other cities in Nebraska.  Today alone I have been at the wheel for 12 hours!  Crazy!  Yes I stopped a couple of times to capture a few scenes.  In Geyring Nebraska is the Scottsbluff National Park can be found.  I arrived there at about 7:15 pm.  With just a few short minutes to catch late light I rushed around.  The shot is a 7 shot HDR image.  Converted to black and white in Silver Efex Pro.

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Sep 052013

I have been at Photoshop World all week.  What a blast!  My head is chuck full of new information.  The world class teachers are incredible.  I have learned so much I’m a little worried about putting it to practice.  Though I arrived at the hotel late tonight I had to find a file and work in post.  As I have mentioned before I am so blessed to live at a time when so much control is given to the user!

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Aug 042013

A photographically risky move for me.

What is the subject here.  This is one of my biggest nightmares when shooting in the wild.  I like cropped, clean shots of birds and wildlife.  The less busy the better.

I remember looking through the view finder at this scene.  My thoughts kept going to – the tree is too prominent!    While protesting internally I captured about three frames.  At the same time I was thinking it would be one of the first deleted when previewing the days pic’s.

In post I realized the composition may be ok?  The Heron was in it’s natural surroundings.   The tree though huge in the photograph added a natural feel.  In some ways the tree draws your eye to the Heron.  In the end do I like it?  It may not be my favorite.  But it works….

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Aug 042013

Shot last week while photographing Pelicans.  Shot with the D4, 80-400 VR lens.  Ran through Color Efex Pro 4  Bleach bypass filter.  Then I erased dragonfly to base layer.

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Aug 042013

The Cormorant.  A heavy boned, swim low in the water, ugly bird.  An expert diver and fisher.

After diving and fishing this prehistoric looking birds leaves the water and spreads it wings to dry.

Really a goofy looking bird.  Fun to watch.  They are shy.  With a long lens you can enjoy their antics.  Much like the white faced Ibis, and from a distance the cormorant just looks like another black bird.  A closer look reveals colorful eyes and face.

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Jul 132013

While in Boise this week I took some time to visit several of our stores.  Idaho has a lot of volcanic rock.  Many places have rocks that have been moved to build roads or for some kind od land development.  These rock are unusual.  Someone much smarter than I could explain the black to white colors on the rocks.  Remember in photography and physics 101 that the black and white are colors.  I could not help myself from taking a photograph and doing the “black and White” thing in post.

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Jul 132013

The Yellowstone River is beautiful.  It meanders through the park until it gets to the grand canyon of  Yellowstone.  The it reveals it’s quantity and power.  Just before the upper falls is the bridge to the parking for both falls.  Most of my trips I spend on the bridge.  It’s a peaceful place that brings a sense of reality of life to me.  A personal time at a very personal place for me


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